Boyer & Associates is pleased to announce that Sam Wolfson is joining the team as a Microsoft project manager. Wolfson grew up in Edina, Minn., graduated from Drake University and has five years of experience as a PM.
He started off doing sales for a software company before working as an account manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.
He started following the Timberwolves in middle school and has been a fan in both their good times and bad. “Even when they were at their worst I’ve been a die-hard Timberwolves fan,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson enjoyed meeting all the players on both teams, including All Stars Lindsay Whalen, Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore. He even earned a WNBA ring for being part of the Lynx staff during their winning 2017 season.
He enjoyed the work but knew he wanted to get more into the software side of business. In 2018 Wolfson moved to Colorado for a job with a cloud accounting software partner. After positions as a partner development manager and customer success manager, he decided to pursue another option.
“I loved it but knew that my passion was leaning more toward the implementation and project management side of things,” Wolfson said.
He took a project management position with a software company in the health industry and quickly hit his stride. After determining this was what he wanted to do, Wolfson paid for classes and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
“I like being able to have a hand in a lot of different pots. (I like) being able to talk with everyone in the company on what it is that we’re working on … and giving that direction where needed,” he said.
He likes being able to solve problems for companies, working with them from all angles to get the job done. One of his favorite projects from his five years as a PM was a HR implementation for Mister Car Wash. He oversaw a project to give the organization’s employees access to a telehealth portal.
“It’s helping people,” he said. “That drives me, and everything else kind of falls into place with it.”
Wolfson got his first look at Microsoft Dynamics CRM during his time as an account manager. He also has a good friend who implements Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Overall, the Microsoft stack impresses him, especially when it comes to the nonprofit industry.
“That’s one thing that sticks out to me with Business Central especially — that they’re solving for a lot of the nonprofit problems,” Wolfson said. He said some of the more cost-effective solutions don’t provide quite the functionality that nonprofits need for their complex requirements.
Wolfson knew about Boyer through a mutual friend. He reached out to the team and asked them to keep him in mind for any future positions.
“I knew ultimately that I wanted to be with Boyer,” he said. “They’re so passionate about everything they’re doing.”
He liked the idea of working for a company that serves a lot of nonprofit clients and is dedicated to solving problems — his own passion. He also wanted to work for a company that sold Microsoft solutions, since he knew the software was top of the line.
“It’s been great. Everyone s been so welcoming and just wants to help,” he said of his first week as a Microsoft project manager. “Everyone wants to make sure that I’m well prepared and wants to see my succeed.”
Wolfson and his girlfriend Kenzie have a 2-year-old golden retriever named Tilly. He currently lives in Denver, plays a lot of golf and loves running. He’s already completed an Ironman Triathlon and is training for an ultramarathon.
“Once I’m into something I dive in fully,” he said.